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DRUDGE: CBS TO IMPLEMENT ENHANCED DELAY OF GRAMMY AWARDS
drudgereport ^ | February 3, 2004

Posted on 02/03/2004 6:18:04 PM PST by lainie

RE: THE GRAMMY AWARDS - PRESS RELEASE

ATTN. TELECOMMUNICATIONS: PLEASE RELAY TO ALL CBS STATIONS

TO: GROUP OWNER, GENERAL MANAGER, STATION MANAGER, GENERAL SALES MANAGER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

FEBRUARY 3, 2004

WE ARE IMPLEMENTING ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO ENHANCE BROADCAST STANDARD PROTECTIONS FOR SUNDAY'S GRAMMY AWARDS. PLEASE SEE BELOW.

BEST. . . .
PETER K. SCHRUTH
PRESIDENT
CBS AFFILIATE RELATIONS

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CBS TO IMPLEMENT ENHANCED DELAY OF GRAMMY AWARDS
Additional Measure Will Allow for Video Editing

CBS announced today plans to enhance their ability to edit out any inappropriate and unexpected events from the Sunday, Feb. 8 broadcast of the "46th Annual Grammy Awards" on CBS.

The enhancement will include the ability to delete both inappropriate audio and video footage from the broadcast. Using a five second delay, CBS has traditionally employed procedures that allow only for the elimination of inappropriate audio. This new enhancement will accomplish both. The precise length of the new delay has yet to be determined.

The new procedure, which is being coordinated with the Recording Academy, is being put in place to safeguard against any unexpected and inappropriate content being broadcast during the awards ceremony.

The "46th Annual Grammy Awards" will be presented on CBS Sunday, Feb. 8 (8:00 PM- 11:30 PM, ET/ PT). CBS has broadcasted the Grammy Awards since 1973. The awards are given out annually by the Academy, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. This year's award ceremony will be produced in association with Cossette Productions. Pierre Cossette is the executive producer, Ken Ehrlich is the writer/producer and Walter Miller is the producer/director. John Cossette is the supervising producer and Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer. RATING: TVPG
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The new procedure, which is being coordinated with the Recording Academy, is being put in place to safeguard against any unexpected and inappropriate content being broadcast during the awards ceremony.

Like Bono throwing f-bombs? ha!

1 posted on 02/03/2004 6:18:05 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
They should just pixelate and bleep-out the whole thing. It would take much less effort than trying to catch each and every psychotic outburst from the artistes.
2 posted on 02/03/2004 6:21:17 PM PST by Redcloak (Mirab, his sails unfurled.)
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To: lainie
plans to enhance their ability to edit out any inappropriate and unexpected events from the Sunday, Feb. 8 broadcast

Properly edited, it would be a 30 minute show.

4 posted on 02/03/2004 6:21:29 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: lainie
Americas kids are reciting lines from South Park by heart and CBS is going to have a 5 second delay on the Grammy's. LOL!!

Does anyone sense a futility and an inconsistancy here?

5 posted on 02/03/2004 6:21:41 PM PST by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: lainie
So the Grammy will merely push the envelope with execrably bad taste? It looks as if the FCC has put the fear of God into them.
6 posted on 02/03/2004 6:22:32 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: lainie
Let the whines of "censorship" begin, with plenty of ominous "Bush FCC" references thrown in for those of us too "stupid" to get the point
7 posted on 02/03/2004 6:23:32 PM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: lainie
I guarantee you that when Justin and or Janet comes on stage, they will receive a standing ovation. Watch and see.
8 posted on 02/03/2004 6:23:37 PM PST by Hildy
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BTW, the Associate Press predicts the Grammy winners

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Entertainment/ap20040203_1341.html

(because it's NEWS, of course)

10 posted on 02/03/2004 6:24:59 PM PST by lainie
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To: Cicero
Yeah right. You can edit out clothing or a t-shirt with suggestive remarks. The kids at the Grammy's will find a way to stick it in establishments eye,
11 posted on 02/03/2004 6:25:00 PM PST by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: zarf
Correction...You can't edit out clothing or a t-shirt with suggestive remarks.
12 posted on 02/03/2004 6:25:54 PM PST by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: Hildy
I just love the contrast between the two women featured on Drudge at the moment.
13 posted on 02/03/2004 6:27:14 PM PST by des
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To: Hildy
I guarantee you that when Justin and or Janet comes on stage, they will receive a standing ovation. Watch and see.

On Fox & Friends this morning one of the hosts stated that Janet's and Justin's Grammy gigs might be in jeopardy. Has anyone heard anything about this?

14 posted on 02/03/2004 6:27:23 PM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: CFC__VRWC; Hildy
Oh, if they're there, I have no doubt that you're right.

I was thinking, they could make a pretty funny bit via taped segment, about how they are only allowed to participate via taped segment.

Funny by Grammy standards, of course..
15 posted on 02/03/2004 6:30:26 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
Just tune out the whole event. We cannot trust CBS. First the news went south, then the programming. Just tune the whole show out.It will just glorify more of the same rap crap hip hop sleeze that tortured most Americans during the Super bowl. Let CBS know we have had enough!
16 posted on 02/03/2004 6:32:00 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: zarf
Does anyone sense a futility and an inconsistancy here?

Despite my agreeing with the main thrust of your post, there is quite a difference between South Park and the Grammys or the Super Bowl Halftime. When I look at the TV listings, SP is on at 10PM and is rated "M". So if I was going to pick a show to let my kids watch, that wouldn't be one of them. However, the other shows are/were on in Prime Time and were rated for the whole family, so you would have a large number of kids watching.

A bit of a difference.

17 posted on 02/03/2004 6:34:34 PM PST by TomB
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To: o_zarkman44
bttt
18 posted on 02/03/2004 6:36:07 PM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: lainie
Viacom is playing Drudge like a fiddle, imho. The publicity created is mind-boggling.
19 posted on 02/03/2004 6:36:16 PM PST by jungleboy
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To: Redcloak
They should just pixelate and bleep-out the whole thing. It would take much less effort than trying to catch each and every psychotic outburst from the artistes.

LOL!

Instead, why not show the final 65 seconds of the 1968 Raiders-Jets game that NBC screwed up and call it quits:

Source: WWW.Raiders.com

"The game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders on November 17, 1968 featured two of the American Football League's marquee teams, and a combined 10 future Pro Football Hall of Famers.

But ironically, this "must see" meeting has been voted the 10th Most Memorable NFL Game of the Century because its conclusion was not seen -- at least by millions of television viewers.

With 65 seconds remaining in the 1968 Jets-Raiders game, the Jets kicked a field goal to take 32-29 lead. The Raiders returned the ensuing kickoff to their 23-yard line. NBC, the network televising the game, then went to commercial -- and never came back.

It was 7:00 PM on the east coast as the commercial break concluded. NBC was scheduled to air the children's movie Heidi at 7:00. Rather than show the end of the game, NBC Broadcast Operations Supervisor DICK CLINE followed the network's predetermined plan and switched to Heidi.

The first 59 minutes of the contest had lived up to its pre-game billing. It was a classic AFL shootout with eight lead changes and ties. Late in the game, fans saw New York quarterback JOE NAMATH masterfully lead the Jets deep into Raiders territory. With just over a minute to play, the Jets' JIM TURNER kicked his fourth field goal, a 26-yarder that gave New York its 32-29 lead.

Turner kicked off and the Raiders returned the ball to their own 23-yard line. Cut to commercial...on comes Heidi, and...

From his 23-yard line, Raiders quarterback DARYLE LAMONICA completed a 20-yard pass to halfback CHARLIE SMITH, who was facemasked by Jets safety MIKE D'AMATO. The penalty put the ball at the Jets' 43.

On the next play, Lamonica found Smith again, who outraced D'Amato down the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown. The extra point gave the Raiders a 36-32 lead with 42 seconds to play, and left Namath and the Jets with little time for a comeback.

Namath never got the chance. On the kickoff, Jets kick returner EARL CHRISTY fumbled the ball. It was picked up at the two-yard line by Raiders special teamer PRESTON RIDLEHUBER, who ran it in for a touchdown.

The Raiders had scored two touchdowns in a nine-second span and held on to win a most memorable game, 43-32.

There was an uproar when fans learned about the game's dramatic ending. NBC ran a "crawl" at the bottom of the screen during Heidi reporting the result more than 20 minutes after the game had ended.

"Probably the most significant factor to come out of Heidi was, whatever you do, you better not leave an NFL football game," says VAL PINCHBECK, the NFL's retired chief of broadcasting. "Ten years earlier, if you did the same thing on a telecast, would you get the same type of an uproar? I don't know. But you sure did at that point in time. It sure let you know that you better not take my football away from me at 7:00 PM."

Ten future Pro Football Hall of Fame selections were involved in the game: Oakland - wide receiver FRED BILETNIKOFF, quarterback-kicker GEORGE BLANDA, cornerback WILLIE BROWN, owner AL DAVIS, center JIM OTTO, tackle ART SHELL, and guard GENE UPSHAW; New York - head coach WEEB EWBANK, wide receiver DON MAYNARD, and quarterback JOE NAMATH.

Because of the blown switchboard, many fans could not get through to NBC to complain. Instead, they began calling the New York City Police Department and the New York Telephone Company."

Sorry, couldn't resist, with the end of the season and all. :O)

20 posted on 02/03/2004 6:37:52 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: lainie
ENHANCED DELAY OF GRAMMY AWARDS???

Show them next October!

21 posted on 02/03/2004 6:38:42 PM PST by JOE6PAK ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: lainie
Despite what is apparently the conventional wisdom here, the Super Bowl was not broadcast with a 7-second delay. It was truly live, and while the network may have known about the incident in advance, you can't use the delay argument to prove it.
22 posted on 02/03/2004 6:41:24 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: JOE6PAK
[ENHANCED DELAY OF GRAMMY AWARDS???]

Show them next October!

How about delaying them until October, 2054.

23 posted on 02/03/2004 6:42:52 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: lainie
I know I'm just dreaming, but wouldn't it be swell if the so-called artists decide to stop going to these never ending awards shows because of such 'awful' restrictions of their freedom to continue to demonstrate to the public their pathetic need for good or bad publicity.

Or maybe they'll be moved to cable, if they must pat themselves on the back every other week...

24 posted on 02/03/2004 6:47:14 PM PST by uvular (2004 nominiee for Domestic Goddess of the year!)
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To: jungleboy
Well, the way I see it, they created their own mess -- he didn't. Plus, anyone who visits Drudge to get the latest gets dosed with a conservative slant. On Grammy night itself, if you listen to Drudge Radio you're likely to hear more hoots & hollers and derision than anything else. So it's all good. :)
25 posted on 02/03/2004 6:47:17 PM PST by lainie
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
woohoo!

That's the best suggestion I've heard all night!
26 posted on 02/03/2004 6:47:42 PM PST by lainie
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To: Dog Gone
I don't understand your premise.
27 posted on 02/03/2004 6:49:27 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
I'm not sure what's causing the confusion. Some people here have argued strenuously that the Super Bowl was telecast with a 7 second delay, so that they could have cut out the Jackson incident if they wanted to.

It's not true. The local radio station was also covering it, and they said they weren't using a delay. The audio matched the video on television. It's always that way with sports telecasts.

28 posted on 02/03/2004 6:54:52 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: lainie
I agree, Drudge for President!

Like his theme song Peter Gun...he's bad!

29 posted on 02/03/2004 6:55:41 PM PST by jungleboy
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To: CFC__VRWC; Cicero
I have to admit I'm wondering where the Houston police are in all this. No local obscenity laws broken, only "federal?"

gotta love the status quo of it all
30 posted on 02/03/2004 6:56:14 PM PST by lainie
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To: Dog Gone
Maybe people are confused because the vocals of songs don't match perfectly.. because of the amplification factor in the stadium? I dunno. I haven't seen anybody arguing the point either way. This Grammy thing is just grandstanding on CBS's part.. and we're here to laugh at them, that's all.
31 posted on 02/03/2004 7:00:36 PM PST by lainie
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To: lainie
i'm going to inhance my viewing pleasure of the grammys by having my television tuned to foxnews
32 posted on 02/03/2004 7:02:34 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the garage, the sofa, or the oil in the can)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
How about delaying them until October, 2054.

I agree excellent idea.

33 posted on 02/03/2004 7:03:05 PM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: lainie
I haven't talked to anyone locally who had anything good to say about any concert they'd attended at Reliant Stadium. The acoustics are horrible for that.

Great place to watch action, lousy place to listen to music.

But I agree with you about CBS and the Grammys. It's all about PR when they just hosted a debauchery scandal that could cost them financially.

34 posted on 02/03/2004 7:05:29 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: lainie
Ohfercryinoutloud. Now we have to tiptoe around these spoiled children in the music business. Good God in Heaven...............how pathetic that they can't act like adults.
35 posted on 02/03/2004 7:07:23 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: zarf
Correction...You can't edit out clothing or a t-shirt with suggestive remarks.


Sure they can, if they wanted to. I don't think they want to.

36 posted on 02/03/2004 7:08:36 PM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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To: RightOnline
Isn't it funny that the so-called professional musicians and actors can't be trusted?
37 posted on 02/03/2004 7:18:41 PM PST by lainie
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To: Dog Gone
Reliant Stadium

Reliant Stadium? Named, needless to say, after that great Plymouth car that was so reliant!


38 posted on 02/03/2004 7:21:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: zarf
What is South Park?
Just kidding,since I am aware it is a cable TV show.
My child has never seen it, however.
Network broadcasts or as I call it, free TV, has or used to have, certain rating standards, generally at the PG level.
If they want to broadcast on free TV, they should be forced to keep it that way.
If you, or anyone else want more choices and programs geared to adults and rated R or higher,that is entirely your right to decide, since I dont have to pay for it, you do.
If CBS does not want to abide by FCC guidelines for free TV, they are free to remove themselves from those particular airwaves.
I am also free to completely turn off my TV, but stunts like this are why we have ratings and guidelines in the first place.
I should note that I did not watch this game.I like football, but for the past several years, the commercials and the halftime shows have included more sex and adult inuendo and foul language than I want to explain to my child while watching TV.
My choice of course, but I wish someone would explain to me why this should be so, given that the idea of FCC broadcast standards are supposed to be followed.

39 posted on 02/03/2004 8:13:26 PM PST by sarasmom (No war for oil=Give France/Russia/China etc oil ,and no war-or so Saddam thought.)
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To: sarasmom
Another Story:

CBS Using Tape Delay on Grammy Telecast

By DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer


(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Following Janet Jackson's surprise breast-baring on the Super Bowl halftime show, CBS said Tuesday it would institute a video delay system to avoid any recurrence at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
CBS technicians were scrambling to invent the software - something more than five-second audio delay the network has used to bleep out swear words, like when Eminem performed on the Grammys two years ago.

Meanwhile, CBS may ask that Jackson and Justin Timberlake be banned from the Grammys if the network concludes the musicians fully intended to give Jackson the extra exposure on Sunday, said a network executive who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Variously referred to as "Nipplegate" and the "bra-ha-ha," the one-second Super Bowl flashing continued to cause reverberations Tuesday.

MTV boss Tom Freston, whose network produced the halftime show, bitterly complained about being "punk'd" by Janet Jackson, and Federal Communications Commission chief Michael Powell said the entire show angered him.

At the end of their duet Sunday, Timberlake snatched off part of Jackson's bustier on stage, revealing a breast clad only in a sun-shaped "nipple shield" to some 89 million viewers.

Jackson's spokeswoman, Jennifer Holiner, said a red lace garment was supposed to remain when Timberlake tore off the outer covering. But widespread questions remained about the intent.

Timberlake, who is nominated for five Grammy Awards, is scheduled to perform on Sunday's telecast. Jackson is supposed to present an award.

Whether they appear or not, CBS censors will have their fingers on a new delay system.

"Unfortunately, we cannot count on those who appear on our air to live up to our standards," said Martin Franks, CBS executive vice president.

Technicians were trying to come up with something more viewer-friendly than just fading to a blank screen if they want something off the air, he said.

Even with Christina Aguilera - who kissed Madonna onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards last summer - also scheduled to perform, Grammy producers haven't changed any plans because of the Super flashing, said Ron Roecker, spokesman for the Recording Academy.

"They're musicians," he said. "They're passionate about what they're doing and we can't be 100 percent in control of the action. We don't anticipate there being issues."

CBS faces an FCC investigation into whether the Super Bowl show violated decency laws, with potential fines of up to $27,500. If applied to each CBS station, the fine could reach into the millions.

Powell said Tuesday that the FCC had begun a formal investigation, and a letter was sent to CBS. "It's well under way," he said.

All five commissioners expressed concern about the Super Bowl broadcast, but Powell declined to speculate on what the FCC would do once the investigation was finished. "I'm not going to try to prejudge the outcome," he said.

Powell said he wasn't happy with the halftime show in general, which featured performances by Nelly and Kid Rock before the bump-and-grind duet with Jackson and Timberlake. Nelly gestured toward his crotch, while Kid Rock draped himself in an American flag-designed poncho.

"I think everybody's focusing on the finale, but a lot of what we've heard in terms of complaints and the breadth of the investigation is a little broader than just that incident," Powell said on ABC's "Good Morning America. "I personally was offended by the entire production."

Freston, chairman of MTV Networks, said he welcomed the FCC's investigation, which he said will prove that the show's producers and broadcasters had no prior knowledge of the stunt.

"We were really ripped off. We were punk'd by Janet Jackson," Freston said, referring to MTV's reality show that makes celebrities the butt of practical jokes.

Judy McGrath, MTV Networks group president, wouldn't comment on whether Jackson's stunt would have repercussions for her in the future on MTV. The singer, who has a new album out next month, was named MTV's first "icon" in 2001.

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AP writers Seth Sutel and Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.




On our local ABC affiliate they are reporting that the nipple ornament was purchased in Houston on Friday evening at a cost of $120. Miss Jackson's people had been looking for something like that. Also, her costume was made in Houston last week.

She's supposed to make an offical statement in a few hours, what ever that means. I'm sure she will surround herself with all of her loving brothers and talk about being misunderstood.


40 posted on 02/03/2004 8:20:08 PM PST by Jaded (Personally, I think they should bring back flogging and burning at the stake. /so)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
"Because of the blown switchboard, many fans could not get through to NBC to complain. Instead, they began calling the New York City Police Department and the New York Telephone Company."

Next time I see prime-time nudity, I'm calling the cops.
41 posted on 02/03/2004 8:28:45 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Jaded
My question is, did she buy one or two?
42 posted on 02/03/2004 8:31:37 PM PST by lainie (oo that's bad)
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To: CFC__VRWC
The point is that many so called conservatives are too quick to call for government involvement when something offends them.
43 posted on 02/03/2004 8:54:34 PM PST by AUH2OY2K
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To: AUH2OY2K
I haven't watched the Grammy, Emmy's, Tony's, the People's Choice Awards, MTV awards, BET awards or any award remotely connected to the entertainment industry since the days of rabbit ears with tin foil on my Philco. CBS should consider placing a moratorium on all of this tripe. A test pattern is more entertaining than watching a bunch of self-important self aggrandizing dolts.
44 posted on 02/03/2004 9:00:24 PM PST by AUH2OY2K
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To: Jaded
"Unfortunately, we cannot count on those who appear on our air to live up to our standards," said Martin Franks, CBS executive vice president.

Ah, the bottom-line problem in a nutshell: CBS assumes that the airwaves are theirs--note Franks' use of OUR air. Perhaps the FCC should remind them that the airwaves belong to the public.

45 posted on 02/03/2004 9:01:58 PM PST by Colofornian (Timberlake & Jackson should have been hogged tied & arrested alongside the streaker)
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To: lainie
I have to admit I'm wondering where the Houston police are in all this. No local obscenity laws broken, only "federal?"

Hey, note that the male streaker @ the SuperBowl was only charged with trespassing and public intoxication...not indecent exposure. The Houston police realized by the end of halftime that for some reason if they were going to charge "Harry Butt" with indecent exposure, then Ms. Nip Ring would likewise be so charged.

46 posted on 02/03/2004 9:05:41 PM PST by Colofornian (Timberlake & Jackson should have been hogged tied & arrested alongside the streaker)
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To: lainie
I have to admit I'm wondering where the Houston police are in all this. No local obscenity laws broken, only "federal?"

Let's see: One M. Jackson may have exposed himself before an audience of one or two minors (or more). He's been arrested. One J. Jackson exposes herself before millions of minors and there's no hint of a police investigation.

It must be some kind of sibling rivalry one upsmanship goin' on: To see who can corrupt the most children in the shortest period of time!

47 posted on 02/03/2004 9:11:41 PM PST by Colofornian (Timberlake & Jackson should have been hogged tied & arrested alongside the streaker)
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To: AUH2OY2K
You may not be aware that the FCC is charged with ensuring a certain minimum level of public decency standards on public airwaves.
Got cable? Different standards apply.
I can assure you I do not have access to MTV on free TV.
If you want smut, it is available, you just have to pay extra for it.
Why should I pay extra to NOT have smut on public airwaves?
48 posted on 02/03/2004 9:20:05 PM PST by sarasmom (No war for oil=Give France/Russia/China etc oil ,and no war-or so Saddam thought.)
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To: jungleboy
sounds like a winner to me! if ya get a chance, come on out and play on the drudge thread sunday night!!!
49 posted on 02/03/2004 10:00:13 PM PST by Cheapskate ("Citizens are not sheep to be shorn, or fields of corn to be harvested"Gary Aldrich)
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To: sarasmom
Very well aware. However, as a conservative, I don't want the government dictating what is and isn't decent.

Why is Janet Jackson's nipple indent while the nightly news, which often parrots the Democratic line decent? In my mind the mis/disinformation campaign by the fourth estate is much more dangerous than the exposure of a female nipple. The lies which are portrayed as facts on the nightly news are more dangerous than an idiot has been artist using the F- word. However, I would never call for the government to step in and censor the news.

So what is indecent?
50 posted on 02/03/2004 11:24:16 PM PST by AUH2OY2K
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